Wrapping presents and baking sugar cookies—step aside. Watching holiday movies is a staple activity of the Christmas season—and with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, binge-watching these Yuletide flicks is more accessible than ever. As Google is a measure of many things in our modern world, it’s also revealing of some of the most popular holiday movies out there. Grab your egg nog and get cozy for this list of the 10 most-Googled Christmas movies of all time.
10) A Charlie Brown Christmas, (1965): Bringing up the rear of the 10 most-Googled Christmas movies of all time is this animated classic featuring Charlie Brown’s modest one-ornament Christmas tree. Between video sales and the television special, this 30-minute film has garnered more than $1.7 million.
9) White Christmas, (1954): This 1950s-era Christmas movie starring Bing Crosby tells the story of a song-and-dance team who meet a pair of beautiful sisters, also talented in the area of musical performance. The four team up to save a Vermont inn from failure in this musical romantic comedy.
8) Love Actually, (2003): Set in London in the weeks before Christmas, this holiday favorite intertwines the lives of eight distinct couples dealing with various life challenges. Top-billed stars include Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Kiera Knightly, Laura Linney and more.
7) Home Alone, (1990): If you grew up in the ‘90s, Home Alone was most certainly on your watch list. Garnering $285.7 million at the box office, the film held the record for domestic theatrical gross earned by a family comedy for 27 years. Filled with holiday hijinks, Home Alone tells the story of 8-year-old Kevin McCallister’s plan to fight off a pair of dimwitted burglars after Kevin is left “home alone” during the Christmas holiday.
6) Elf, (2003): Another on our list of most-Googled Christmas movies from the year 2003, Elf has since become a holiday movie tradition for many. Will Ferrell’s distinctive persona makes the movie, as he plays a human raised by elves who ventures from his North Pole home to find his true identity in New York City.
5) The Nightmare Before Christmas, (1993): Throw a bit of spooky into the holiday mix with this Halloween-Christmas hybrid. In this animated flick directed by Tim Burton, Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween town, introduces Christmas to his constituents—only to cause much confusion.
4) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, (1989): Make room for the Griswold’s on your home theater this December. Expect obnoxious family guests, holiday decorating disasters and more. This Christmas comedy has generated more than $71 million to date.
3) The Polar Express, (2004): Based on the popular children’s book bearing the same name, this animated film tells the story of a young boy who boards the train, The Polar Express, on Christmas Eve and the adventures he encounters along the way.
2) How the Grinch Stole Christmas, (2000): It’s not surprising that How the Grinch Stole Christmas secured the No. 2 spot on the list of the 10 most-Googled Christmas movies, as the tale dates back to Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book of the same name followed by the 1966 cartoon version. The Grinch teaches us selflessness and sharing alongside Jim Carrey’s antics as one of the most love-to-hate characters of all time.
1) A Christmas Story, (1983): Did you guess it? The No. 1 most-Googled Christmas movie of all time is so beloved, that TBS plays it for 24 hours straight between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, giving fans ample opportunity to soak it all in. The premise, in case you have been living under a rock and haven’t seen it, involves Ralphie, a boy dead-set on convincing his parents to gift him a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.
And there you have it—the most-Googled Christmas movies of all time. Start putting together your holiday movie marathon list—and make sure to add any of these favorites that you haven’t seen—or that you just can’t get enough of!
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